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Re: Schema aware XPath 2.0 doubt

Subject: Re: Schema aware XPath 2.0 doubt
From: John Snelson <john.snelson@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 10:55:01 +0100
Re:  Schema aware XPath 2.0 doubt
This is one of the good reasons to use general comparisons (">" rather than "gt"). A general comparison will also succeed in comparing the value from a document that hasn't been schema validated. In that case the atomic value extracted from the XML document will have a type of xs:untypedAtomic, which the general comparison will automatically cast to the type of the other value compared - in this case an xs:date.


Michael Kay wrote:
Yes, this would succeed if element x were validated as an element of type

The reason is that operators like "gt" that expect an atomic value, if given
a node as an argument, will automatically "atomize" the node. This extracts
the typed value, which in this case is an atomic value of type xs:date.

Michael Kay

-----Original Message-----
From: Mukul Gandhi [mailto:gandhi.mukul@xxxxxxxxx] Sent: 09 May 2009 05:38
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Schema aware XPath 2.0 doubt

Hi all,
   Let's say, I have following XML document:


And the following XPath 2.0 expression,

x gt xs:date('2007-12-01')

The evaluation of this expression fails, with non schema aware XSLT 2.0/XPath 2.0 system (as x is not of type xs:date. it's actually an element).

But if we had a Schema aware XSLT 2.0/XPath 2.0 system, and the above XML document was validated with a Schema (with element x being assigned a Schema type xs:date), would the above XPath 2.0 expression succeed in this case (i.e., with a Schema aware XPath 2.0 system)?

The XPath 2.0 specification for operator, op:date-greater-than (ref,

op:date-greater-than($arg1 as xs:date, $arg2 as xs:date) as xs:boolean

which makes me think that, both arguments to the operator 'gt' must be of type xs:date. So the XPath 2.0 expression [1] would fail in case of Schema aware system also.

Could somebody please clarify this to me.

-- Regards, Mukul Gandhi

John Snelson, Oracle Corporation            http://snelson.org.uk/john
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